Heyo, it’s Jackson, dropping off a fresh batch of updates on our trip!! Now, I love temples as much as the next guy, but has he traversed three temples back-to-back within the span of ~3 hours?
First we visited the Sanjūsangen-dō temple -pictures forbidden, but a sight not to be forgotten. Within the silent halls stood over 1000 Buddhist statues; all similar yet individually crafted adding to the epic scale. And then, the magnus opus glistened in the twilight serenity (very poetic) of the temple: a Buddha statue towering over all else. My jaw admittedly dropped, an experience not to forget.
The second temple is as a cherry on top of a cake. We enjoyed a nice hike upwards to Gojobashihigashi; side shops and vending machines hugging the pathway tight in an admirable tourist move, filled with cold drinks and ice cream. They became increasingly attractive. Once at the temple, we were rewarded with a feast better than any side shop: a majestic view spanning across the entire valley of upper Kyoto. And this is part of Japan’s beauty. How ancient structures, and modern skyscrapers blend effortlessly with the nature.